Volume 8 Issue 93
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Apr-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Apr-2006

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Teens turn to pot after parental bust-ups

Splitting parents who shack up with new partners can unwittingly push their children towards cannabis use. more  

Differences in pregnancy risks and outcomes among immigrant groups to the US

Since the number of people of Hispanic and Asian origins has been increasing in the United States, it is important for healthcare workers to assess the risk factors associated with pregnancy outcomes in these ethnic groups. A study in the March issue of The Journal of Pediatrics evaluates the genetic, biologic, and social factors that may affect the fetal growth of babies born to U.S. and foreign-born Mexican and Asian-Indian mothers. more

In stretching, pain doesn't equal gain; but if NO isn't producing, stretching won't help

If you're a mouse, then stretching before you exercise is a good thing even as long as two weeks before your next cheese hunt or cat run. But if you're reading this for yourself, it's a bit more complicated. more  

Studies confirm celecoxib may help prevent colorectal cancer in high risk patients

During the past year, the study of the potential use of COX-2 (cyclooxygenase-2) inhibitors to prevent colorectal and breast cancer has come under intense scrutiny. Recent research questioned the safety of these medicines as pain relievers, which was the initial indication, as well as for chemoprevention of cancer. Now, the latest data show that COX-2 inhibitors are highly effective in preventing pre-malignant tumors of the colon, and therefore may be useful in preventing colorectal cancer among high-risk patients. more

Research shows adults and teens who eat beans weigh less 

A study unveiled today gives new meaning to the word beanpole: The findings show that people who eat beans weigh less than those who don't. more

Studies show HPV testing is more sensitive than current screening methods  

The current technique for screening for cervical cancer involves collecting cells by way of a pap smear and examining them under a microscope. Although this method has reduced cervical cancer in countries where it is regularly used, it has several weaknesses. A new study found that the test for human papillomavirus (HPV), which is present in almost all cervical cancers, is more sensitive than cytology (cell examination) in detecting cervical cancer. The study published online April 3, 2006 in the International Journal of Cancer. more

Just the expectation of a mirthful laughter experience boosts endorphins 27 percent, HGH 87 percent

There's no doubt that laughter feels good, but is there real neurophysiology behind it and what can you do about it? more


Mirthful laughter diminishes the secretion of cortisol and epinephrine, while enhancing immune reactivity.